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A Tribute to Merlin Upon His Death

The following is a tribute that I wrote the day after Merlin died on August 13, 1987. I posted it on the Canine VAXnotes conference on Digital Equipment Corporation’s internal network. For many years, I presumed that I failed to keep a copy of this tribute, but today (November 29, 2013) I found it.

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Yesterday, I [...]

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How Many Senses Are There?

How many times have you heard somebody say “It’s almost like he has a sixth sense!” or something to that effect. And you’ve undoubtedly seen, or at least heard of, the movie “The Sixth Sense.”

For many years, I’ve been bothered that that phrase. We were probably all taught in primary school that there are “five [...]

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Do NOT Leave Your Dogs Outside Unatttended!

Today is Christmas Day, and I guess I should be writing a happy post with some inspirational message or something. But I’ve got something far more important to talk about than that.

A couple of days ago, Sheltie Rescue of Utah received an application for adoption from a woman in Nevada. In many ways, she sounds [...]

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The Bad, The Worse, and the Horrible

The Bad

While I was out of town a couple of weeks ago, Barbara found a foster home for Guy (a/k/a Sir Guy), one of two Shelties (Sammy’s the other) who were relinquished to us together a couple of months ago by their owner. Late last week, Guy’s foster mom, Lorie, dropped him off here at [...]

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No Comment (Is One Really Needed?)

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We’re Up, We’re Down, We’re Running All Around

I’m in the middle of about 10 different tasks, so this will be brief.

Yesterday morning, a woman who’d fostered Scryer for a month or so with the intention of adopting him (but had to leave him with us for an extended period while she joined her military husband in Texas) came over to introduce Scryer [...]

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Sad Day — R.I.P., Nell

Today is a very sad day for me and Barbara. Back in February, a large, very overweight, elderly Collie girl was found wandering around a parking lot near the Salt Lake County Humane Society (not associated with HSUS, of course) property, where people frequently dump their dogs. A veterinary exam and blood workup revealed severe [...]

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I’m Almost Ready To Quit

Yeah, yeah, yeah. You’ve all heard it before. Poor, poor me.

Well, eventually, one gets serious. I truly don’t know how much longer Sheltie Rescue of Utah will continue under the current funding and fostering model.

Barbara and I got home late last night (about midnight) from having spent 12 days at the American Shetland Sheepdog Association’s [...]

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What Would You Do?

For the last three or four months, we’ve been paying a woman — let’s call her Chereen…mostly because that’s her name — to do some work for Sheltie Rescue as a contractor, such as trying to get our financial books in order and reorganize our office and the Sheltie Rescue Mall warehouse in the basement. [...]

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Mouseketeer Roll Call

OK, I want to write something to post, but I don’t have much time. I got home a little before noon today from a business trip to California and I leave tomorrow morning for a week in Lyon (France) for another business meeting.

So, here’s the list of who’s in the house right now:

Star (ours)
Abby (ours)
Jodee [...]